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In Yellville, Arkansas, the community celebration of the year is the annual Turkey Trot. The featured event is the "turkey drop" in which live turkeys are tossed from planes to waiting townspeople.

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville poultry science professor Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton told Arkansas Online, "Placing turkeys in an environment that is new to them is stressful. In the case of an airplane, the noise would also be a stress-producing fear reaction. Dropping one from 500 feet is a horrific act of abuse."

This fear reaction has caused many birds to plummet to their deaths after being hurled from the plane. Those turkeys who survive the shock of their deplaning must then contest with a massive, bloodthirsty crowd who will fight to capture the frightened animal before slaughtering it. Only a few lucky turkeys manage to glide away to safety and freedom.

It's unclear if the turkeys are wild or domesticated, but even if they are the wild, flying variety, turkeys are not high altitude fliers. Wild turkeys stay at an altitude of less than 100 feet. Five-hundred feet, the height required by the FAA, is far above a turkey's normal flight ceiling.

This public abuse and massacre of animals should not constitute legitimate fun or entertainment. There is no excuse for this barbarism.

Tell the Governor of Arkansas, the Arkansas Attorney General, and the Arkansas Aviation and Aerospace Commission to work together to spearhead the prosecution of any person involved in the abuse of turkeys in Yellville and enact legislation which prevents this from occurring again in the future. Don't turn a blind eye to those who attempt to pass off animal abuse entertainment!

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To the Governor of Arkansas, the Arkansas Attorney General, and the Arkansas Aviation and Aerospace Commission,

I am writing to you today to express my complete shock and disgust at learning about Yellville's annual "Turkey Trot" event, wherein the main attraction is the hurling of live turkeys from planes to waiting townspeople.

Local officials argue that because turkeys can fly, there is no abuse occurring, but that's a willfully ignorant position which ignores the fact that wild turkeys, if these are in fact wild turkeys, have an altitude ceiling of 100 feet.

University of Arkansas at Fayetteville poultry science professor Yvonne Vizzier Thaxton told Arkansas Online, "Placing turkeys in an environment that is new to them is stressful. In the case of an airplane, the noise would also be a stress-producing fear reaction. Dropping one from 500 feet is a horrific act of abuse."

This fear reaction has caused many birds to plummet to their deaths after being hurled from the plane. Those turkeys who survive the shock must then contest with a massive, bloodthirsty crowd who will fight to capture the frightened animal before slaughtering it. Only a few lucky turkeys manage to glide away to safety and freedom.

This public abuse and massacre of animals should not constitute legitimate fun or entertainment. There is no excuse for this barbarism.

Please, work together to spearhead the prosecution of any person involved in the abuse of turkeys in Yellville and enact legislation which prevents this from occurring again in the future. Don't turn a blind eye to those who attempt to pass off animal abuse entertainment!

Thank you,

Petition Signatures


Nov 20, 2017 Paulette Begon
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 Teri Shoesmith It's time we grow up and use our so called 'superior' brains for something other than causing pain and suffering of other living things. That's far below 'superior' and we can do so much better. Grow up and stop the trauma.
Nov 20, 2017 Karen Krieger This is a barbarous tradition & it only serves to make the complicit humans look like blood-thirsty cretins.
Nov 20, 2017 Lynne Doyle I vote we load these people into a plane, fly out over the ocean, and push them out. Those that don't drown right away can swim around anticipating the shark attacks.
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) Most civilized people would not consider this entertainment. It is appalling that taxpayer money funds this 'event'. That money would be MUCH better spent to purchase frozen turkeys and other foodstuffs to pass out to families in need.
Nov 20, 2017 susan miller
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 Eileen Duffy
Nov 20, 2017 Dottie Small What rock did all you people crawl out of? You are absolute morons!!!! I vote we toss you out of a plane!
Nov 20, 2017 Curtis Howerton Stupid is as stupid does. These poor excuse of human beings are stupid beyond belief but the authorities of this place are even worse for allowing something so wrong in so many moral levels.
Nov 20, 2017 Denise Pride
Nov 20, 2017 Sofia Howerton What kind of ignorant imbeciles live there? This should be illegal as it is clearly animal brutality to say the least. How would these incredibly stupid people would feel if they were hurled down the plane to a mob of cannibals?
Nov 20, 2017 Jeanne Ribando WHAT is the matter with all of YOU. LET US toss you out of a plane and see how that GOES! U people area a disgrace to the human world that the rest of us live in! STOP the hurting of innocent creatures given to us by God to protect!!!!!
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) this is cruel and disgusting.
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) When will people stop being stupid?
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) killing is not a sport
Nov 20, 2017 Iffat Ahmad
Nov 20, 2017 Wilma V brandwijk
Nov 20, 2017 Nancy Schneider SERIOUSLY PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nov 20, 2017 Moira Miller
Nov 20, 2017 Carol Ann Sherratt
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 20, 2017 Julie Predmore What kind of idiots need to torture helpless animals like this. Let's toss them out of a plane and se who survives!
Nov 20, 2017 Christian Grabandt This is just sick!
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) Seriously, how sick and cruel can people be to other living beings. How about showing some humanity and compassion?
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) The people of Yellville who condone and participate in this monstrous, evil "sport" are inhumane. You people are ignorant blood thirsty monsters! This is not entertainment - it is horrendous ABUSE!
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) Mahatma Gandhi — 'The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.'
Nov 20, 2017 Janet Virnig
Nov 20, 2017 MARY GREENAN
Nov 20, 2017 Kathryn Gallo
Nov 20, 2017 Praesens Absens
Nov 20, 2017 Carolyn Balls
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) People are cruel. It is their nature to be cruel and greedy. And, our society promotes both. Animals, no matter what kind, should never be mistreated or killed. It is proven that animals have feelings, just like people. They experience pain, like people.
Nov 20, 2017 George & Sue Major
Nov 20, 2017 Rosie Houser These people have no common decency! It will bite them in the ass.
Nov 20, 2017 Ken Baros
Nov 20, 2017 Maria van Geel
Nov 20, 2017 maureen vertuccio
Nov 20, 2017 ELAINE WINTER
Nov 20, 2017 Gayle Hann
Nov 20, 2017 Sandra Leaper Throwing turkeys from planes IS NOT ENTERTAINMENT. IT IS ANIMAL CRUELTY.
Nov 20, 2017 Pamm Vincent That is a HORRIBLE death for them and just awful for the ones that live and then have to still fight for their life. BARBARIC!!!
Nov 20, 2017 Denise Routly this is absolutely horrifying and unbelievably cruel...please stop this murderous event!!!!!
Nov 20, 2017 BONNIE BEACH Ugh...
Nov 20, 2017 Gayle Gillis
Nov 20, 2017 Barbara Fischer Disgusting animal abuse!
Nov 20, 2017 Amanda Ellsworth I am appalled that this is allowed! This is animal cruelty, without a doubt. Anyone who participates in this "event" should be arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty. Anyone who assists, should be charged, as well.
Nov 20, 2017 Michelle LaRoche Barbaric and cruel!

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